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Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.
Students should demonstrate a fundamental understanding of classical and modern physics
- Answer conceptual questions in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and modern physics.
- Answer quantitative problems in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and modern physics
- Demonstrate an understanding of Newton's laws, Maxwell's equations, and Schrodinger's equation
- Demonstrate the mathematical concepts and methods appropriate for classical and modern physics.
Students should demonstrate advanced analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
- Apply appropriate mathematical concepts and models for solving problems in classical and modern physics.
- Estimate and check answers to problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
- Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and draw inferences from them.
Students should demonstrate communication skills, especially in scientific/technical settings
- Convey physics concepts to a general audience.
- Effectively select and use hardware, software applications, and other technologies for communication.
- Locate research results by searching electronic and traditional databases.
- Present research in a form consistent with the AIP style manual.
Students should demonstrate experimental skills in basic and applied research
- Analyze experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions from them.
- Construct and assemble experimental apparatuses to conduct experiments that decisively test a hypothesis.
- Identify and assess sources of experimental uncertainty and error.
- Interpret experimental data to make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory.
Students should demonstrate skills appropriate for the field of science and/or engineering at the entry level in industry, government, or academia
- Apply their physics experience and knowledge to analyze new situations.
- Demonstrate proficiency in standard software tools (Excel, Word, Graphical Analysis, etc.) for modeling, data analysis, and report writing.
- Demonstrate understanding and/or proficiency of upper-level (269A) or applied (270B) physics.
- Identify and use standard laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
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